William Sheraton played in six major Nottingham matches, between 1827 and 1831, all of them against Sheffield. On his debut he made Nottingham's top score, 20, batting at number three; by his last match, he was down at ten in the batting order and contributed just 0 and 1no. In the home game in 1827, Sherton was bowled by Tom Marsden's third ball - the wicket coming in between two delieveries called as 'no balls' for throwing by the home umpire, Jeffries.  Jeffries continued to call Marsden - a left-hand bowler who bowled both round-arm and underarm - to the point that the Sheffield players threatened to withdraw from  the game. Agreement was reached and the match was completed, Nottingham winning by nine wickets, only after the umpires were replaced.

William Sheraton is not recorded as bowling in any of the Sheffield games. His First-Class record, therefore reads 29 runs at 3.62, with one catch taken. It is believed he resided in Radford in the 1820s, but nothing more is currently known of him.


August 2020

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 13